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Midi files (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)
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Five discussion points
1 Bar 1 throw - the D and C in the throw are the same length as each other, giving a heavy effect, necessary to highlight all of the fine rhythmical detail in this tune.
2 Bar 1 G gracenote to E - this closes on the E and is a very short gracenote - only a 64th note...The preceding F is a dotted 32nd note.
3 Bar 1 the E in the last beat is a 16th note. Again, the preceding G gracenote closes on the beat.
4 Bar 2/bar3 strike on E - the strike comes up on the beat, which means it comes down before the beat. The last quarter of this beat is divided into a triplet and the proportion is 2:1, meaning the E is in the time if 'tripel' and the low A in the time of 'et'. Listen carefully to the slow midi files. This can justifiaby be interepreted in different ways - this way has been chosen to create rhythmical variety, and to be consistent with rhythmical actions later on (bar 8).
5 Bar 8 first throw is in the rhythm indicated for the strike on E in bar1/bar2. This means the low G is the last third of a triplet and opens on the beat. The second throw however, has a longer low G, as it is needed to give emphasis to the first beat of the bar that is coming up. This second low G is a full 32nd note. The difference is minimal but it does make a difference.
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)